Essence of Bhutan
On this short but comprehensive journey through Bhutan we experience the highlights of this remote and culturally rich kingdom. With time spent in Paro we visit the famous museum and hike to the wonderful Taktsang Monastery, discover the sights and sounds of the capital of Thimphu and drive across the Dochu La to explore the beautiful Punakha Dzong. In central Bhutan we visit the isolated Gangtey Valley - well known as one of the last wintering grounds of the endangered and graceful black-necked cranes. All the highlights are well and truly covered in this compact itinerary in the beautiful and mystical Himalayan kingdom.
|DAY 1||Join Paro|
|DAY 2||In Paro|
|DAY 3||Transfer to Thimphu, visit the memorial Chorten and wander the bazaars|
|DAY 4||Cross Dochu La to Punakha Dzong, overnight Wangduephodrang|
|DAY 5||Wangdi, excursion to Gangtey Valley|
|DAY 6||Drive to Paro|
|DAY 7||In Paro visit the Paro Dzong and renowned Taktsang Monastery|
|DAY 8||In Paro, trip concludes|
The flight from Bangkok to Paro was very comfortable , flight staff wonderful, descent between mountains was magical(not nearly as terrifying as imagined). We were warmly greeted by our guide,Dendup Norbu and driver Tsring,after passing through the relaxed & pleasant customs(not to mention the various Bhutanese chatting to us). The accommodation was very comfortable,especially the beds! Our guide went out of his way to ensure the meals were varied and often bought & cooked special treats for us. His knowledge of Bhutanese culture and religion was extensive and enriched our experience. We felt truly welcome and through Dendup and Tsring included in the special & everyday aspects of local life. Their kindness ,patience and humour went well beyond “the job” and clearly reflected the values of Bhutanese culture. Thank you for your part in organising such a wonderful holiday.